TAKE ACTION: Urge Your Senators to Protect ALL Communities in COVID-19 Legislation

July 28, 2020

Right now, Congress is negotiating another COVID-19 relief package. The latest Senate proposal, which failed in a vote last week, failed to prioritize Americans with few resources, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), and left out assistance for our immigrant and refugee neighbors. Crises test who we are as a nation – and we are stronger when we are united, extend compassion to our neighbors, and listen to public health experts. People struggling to overcome poverty, BIPOC, and immigrants and refugees, many of whom work on the frontlines of the pandemic, face unique challenges in surviving this pandemic. As Congress continues negotiations, it is imperative that our Senators hear that their constituents want to see meaningful solutions that fully support all of our neighbors.

Click “Send Email” on the right to contact your Senators – and make sure to insert the name of your city or town in the first line!

Sample Script:I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I want the next COVID-19 package to provide more relief for marginalized communities, especially people struggling with hunger and poverty, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, and immigrants and refugees. We are stronger when we care for one another. As you negotiate COVID-19 legislation, please consider:

  • Providing a supplemental $642 million for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) through the Refugee and Entrant Assistance account to ensure vulnerable populations like refugees don’t fall through the cracks and can receive housing, food, and the care they need.
  • Ensuring the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) increases reception and placement direct assistance by $1,000 per capita to strengthen direct support for recent and new arrivals, including and beyond their first 90 days of arrival, and support domestic resettlement infrastructure.
  • Ensuring all individuals in the U.S. receive the stimulus cash payments, including all refugees regardless of when they arrived and all immigrants regardless of status.
  • Providing that any emergency funding or authorizations of use of funding for USCIS are accompanied by critical guardrails that ensure that USCIS operates in good faith.
  • Releasing detained immigrants to limit COVID-19 outbreaks and for those still detained, ensure there is access to free testing, treatment, and care.
  • Imposing a moratorium on deportations and ICE and CBP enforcement activities.
  • Automatically extending work authorization, such as for DACA recipients, TPS holders, asylum seekers, and others.
  • Boosting by 15% the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30.
  • Ensuring robust and equal access to quality health care, including no-cost COVID-19 testing and treatment for all & ensuring emergency Medicaid covers testing and treatment for immigrants.
  • Ensuring safeguards for renters and mortgage holders, and provides shelter to those most in need.
  • Minimizing learning loss, ensuring equal educational opportunity, and protecting student loan borrowers.
  • Reducing law enforcement responses and the risks to incarcerated people and corrections employees.
  • Ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
  • Providing more federal Medicaid funding to states and more direct grants to states, cities, and towns to avoid laying off teachers and cut health care and other services that keep our communities going.
  • Creating an emergency fund for states to help people who are falling through the cracks.
  • Continuing expanded federal unemployment benefits.
  • Providing emergency funding to support safe, fair elections in November.

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